Laura Desmond graduated from SLU in 1992, with a major in Religious Studies. In the time since then, she has received further training in the History of Religions from the University of Chicago, with a specialization in the social and intellectual history of South Asia. Her current research examines the relations between knowledge and subjectivity in the classical Sanskrit world, particularly as presented in the ca. 4th century C.E. Kāmasūtra. Her work draws heavily upon the disciplines of visual anthropology, history and philosophy of science, and classics, in addition to the transdisciplinary field of religious studies. She finds social theory irresistible. Besides courses on South Asian religious traditions, Professor Desmond looks forward to teaching courses on: Religion and Visual Culture; Science, Magic and Religion; Women and Religion; Material Religion; and Religion and the Erotic. She also teaches a comparative course on Goddesses, a class she first took, and loved, as a student at SLU. Although thrilled to be returning to St. Lawrence as an Instructor, Professor Desmond secretly hopes to become a 19th-century natural historian (not, mind you, an historian of 19th century natural history, though she likes many people who match that description).